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Suspect killed, others flee, firearms seized following dramatic car chase and shootout in PE

Jan 17, 2019
Suspect killed, others flee, firearms seized following dramatic car chase and shootout in PE

The Acting Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Maj Gen Andre Swart, has commended members of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad for the excellent recovery of 18 firearms in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.

"It is alleged that at about 19:05, the Flying Squad members were on their way home when a report of a shooting was relayed via radio control.

"A description of the vehicle and registration number was given. Members spotted the vehicle, a blue VW Citi Golf travelling in the opposite direction in Rensburg Street in Bethelsdorp," described police spokesperson, Brigadier T Kinana.

"The chase ensued and the suspects started firing at the police members."

He said that the vehicle then stopped and one occupant alighted and ran away.

"More shots were fired at the police members, who retaliated by firing back.

"The chase continued into several streets and in the process, a bag was thrown out of the car," Brig Kinana said.

"Members picked up the bag and continued with the chase."

He said that in Bullrush Street, the driver of the VW Golf lost control of the vehicle and drove into a boundary wall.

Suspects fled the scene leaving dead driver

"It is alleged that three occupants alighted and ran off in different directions. The alleged driver, a 25 years old male, was fatally wounded," Brig Kinana said.

"On inspecting the contents of the bag, the police found 18 fire-arms (6.35, 9mm pistol and revolvers).

"Cases of Attempted Murder on police, illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition and Murder are under investigation."

He said that the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth is on the hunt for four outstanding suspects.

Maj Gen Swart has applauded the swift reaction of the police officers.

"Our members risked their lives daily to ensure the safety of their communities. The proliferation of illegal firearms contribute to crimes such as murder and gang violence," he said.

"We will not rest until we are satisfied that the people of these areas are safe and that criminals involved in gang activities are arrested and put behind bars."

The suspects are still at large and the SAPS are appealing to any member of the community who can assist with information that could lead to their speedy arrest to contact the Crime Stop Number on 086001011 Lt Col Vanus De Bruyn on 0727319120 at the Provincial Organised Crime Unit (Gang Investigation).

Main image: From left to right: Brigadier Zolani Xawuka, Station Commander of SAPS Bethelsdorp; D/W/O Clive Phillips, Provincial Organised Crime Investigation(Gang Investigation) and Capt Phumzile Duduza, A/Commander, PE Flying Squad

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